May returned to Boston Chinese acupuncture clinic 3 years later with rheumatoid arthritis and sadly reported that her husband died two years ago only one year after he was told he was cancer free by doctors at Boston Medical Center. She had been very sad and was trying to occupy all her time with hard work. Her boys all graduated from high school and she lost all interest to cook in her home. She would eat a handful of almonds or cashew with some fruit as her daily dinner for 2 years. Her acupuncturist examined her hand joints which were swollen and red and asked her to stop eating all nuts and seeds, instead, she strongly suggested to eat regular dinners that should include vegetables, olive oil, and vinegar. In the meantime, Mary started acupuncture treatment twice a week to reduce the inflammation and balance her immune function. After 3 months of acupuncture treatments, she cut down the acupuncture visit to every other week, her hand joints’ swelling and pain went away. Her lower back pain and sciatica were completely gone. She now has the energy and interest to cook her own healthy dinner.
Since she is still young and does not have the daily responsibility of taking care of her three children, she decided, with a loan from a Wellesley bank to open her own bakery in Newton Center near Boston College. Currently, she comes to Boston Acupuncture Clinic to reduce stress and muscle tension every other week. Her acupuncturist told her that her new business will do well in 2018 because of her good health and positive attitude.